How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Washing your hair is a vital part of everyone’s personal hygiene, but can you wash it too much or too little? This all depends on each person and is based on what type of hair you have, what the weather looks like, and what kind of lifestyle you’re living. A lot of it is plain and simple though; knowing the basic rules makes the biggest difference.

1. Genetics

This is probably the most obvious factor that plays into how much each person may wash their hair every week. The type of hair you have will say a lot about how often you need to wash it.

People who have dry hair or oily scalp should wash their hair with shampoo and conditioner 1-2x a week maximum.

However, this rule doesn’t need to be applied when using the conditioner alone. People who struggle with maintaining dry hair may find using conditioner daily helpful as it helps moisturize the hair and maintain a healthy look.

When it comes to people with oily hair, washing it with shampoo and conditioner 3-4x a week may be necessary. It all depends on each person and how severe their case may be. Washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner daily, however, should be a last resort. Washing your hair daily can be damaging over time as the shampoo will dry it up if used too frequently, and thus lead to detrimental effects on your hair’s health.

2. Weather

If you have ever noticed your lips or skin gets dry during the winter, then your hair has probably experienced similar results. Living in a place where the climate gets cold throughout the year or one season alone should push you to prepare for the worst.

When the weather gets cold, everything tends to dry up. This includes your hair, but there are still ways to work around it.

Using a leave-in conditioner always helps fight dry hair whether it’s caused by genetics or outside factors such as the weather and is an effective tool as it works throughout the entirety of the day.

Living in a place during the summer or where it’s hot and arid throughout the year tends to produce opposite outcomes. Instead of dealing with dry hair, people usually combat oily hair as being in a hot climate causes people to sweat and produce more oil glands in the hair.

As mentioned before, people should use their own judgment and determine how often they need to wash their hair with shampoo and conditioner each week as each person will experience different outcomes.


3. Lifestyle

Working out and staying fit is never a bad thing, but if you’re at the gym or going out for a run every day or every other day, then there are some things to consider.

Sweating is a given whenever you work out. You’re going to sweat and depending on how long you work out, you’re going to sweat a lot. However, this doesn’t mean you should be washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner every day or every other day.

If you’re sweating a lot from a hard workout, you might find it helpful to wash your hair one or two times more a week, but it all depends on self-judgment. However, using a conditioner alone following your workout will usually suffice and do the job.

When it comes to washing your hair, a lot of it comes from using good judgment and remembering the basics. Always make sure to consider the general things: the type of hair you have, the weather, and your lifestyle. Another key thing to remember is to always use good, quality products. Quality always beats quantity and it’s best to avoid damaging your hair in the long run.

Will Shelburne
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